NAC in major cancer fundraising boost

The National AIDS Council has intensified the drive to fight cervical cancer as part of its broader effort to contain new HIV infections and end AIDS by 2030. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking in an interview with HealthTimes on the sidelines of the this year’s eventful Zimbabwe Ladies Golf Union Stroke Play Golf Tournament, NAC Chief Executive Officer Dr Bernard Madzima said the target was to raise plus or minus US$100,000 from the fundraising event. NAC Pro-am golf tournament kicked off on Tuesday and the professional tournament also kicked off on…

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JHWO Rural Clinic Accelerates Identification of Missed TB cases in Vungu

Jackson Sibanda a small scale artisanal miner from Vungu, Village 6 has just been screened for Tuberculosis (TB) at Riversdale Clinic in Vungu, 40 Kilometers away from Gweru. Due to the nature of his job which requires him to move from one place to another in search of the gold, he has little time on his hands and rarely visits a health facility whenever he falls ill. By Michael Gwarisa in Vungu However, his friend recently tested positive for TB and he fears he might have contracted it since they…

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SET A THIEF TO CATCH A THIEF: How AWET Health interventions have reduced home deliveries Among Apostolic Women and Girls in Shurugwi

Caroline Ngosha (23), from Shurugwi is expecting her third child in a few months’ time. In both her previous pregnancies, she delivered her children at home in line with the dictates of her religion, a white garment apostolic sect. Some apostolic sects in Zimbabwe do not allow their followers to use family planning or contraception methods. Neither do they sanction female followers to register with the Anti Natal Clinic (ANC), later on deliver in a health institution. By Michael Gwarisa in Shurugwi She remembers vividly how life threatening giving birth…

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Seke District Uses 200 000 Condoms Every Three Months

Seke district has a quarterly uptake 200 000 male condoms while female condoms have a range of 5 000 to 10 000. By Kudakwashe Pembere During a Mashonaland East media tour organised by the National AIDS Council (NAC), the organisation’s District AIDS Coordinator (DAC) for Seke district Ms Florence Nyandoro told HealthTimes in an interview last week that, “Our quarterly average uptake for male condoms is 200 000 and the female condoms are in the range of 5 000 and 10 000.” Explaining the uptake difference, she said it was…

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Gutu High, Gutu Primary win NAC National Quiz Competitions

GUTU High School were crowned the 11th edition of the National Aids Council (NAC) National School Quiz Competition champions which were held in Harare on Tuesday. By Kudakwashe Pembere The school representing Masvingo province emerged victorious in a tight race which saw it outsmart St Eric’s High School and St Faith’s Mission High School and the rest. The quiz show was organised by the National Aids Council (NAC) together with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education. Questions asked were tough but all the contestants soldiered on. Some of the…

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NAC unveils World Aids Day 2022 Theme, Song and Logo

The National AIDS Council (NAC) on Wednesday unveiled the theme, logo and song ahead of this year’s World AIDS Day commemorations to be held on December 1, 2022. Addressing the press, NAC chief executive officer Dr Benard Madzima said this year’s commemorations will be held in Marondera. “Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen. It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the home of the national response to HIV and AIDS. “As you are aware the World AIDS Day commemoration is tomorrow at Rudhaka Stadium in Marondera. “As part the…

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Condoms “Too Small” For Some Zimbabwean Men says MP

MUFAKOSE Legislator, Honorable Susan Matsunga has asked government, the National AIDS Council (NAC) and all partners involved in the procurement and distribution of condoms to consider the size of sexual organs for some Zimbabwean men whenever they place orders from manufactures overseas. By Michael Gwarisa She made these remarks during a question and answer session at a High Level Advocacy Meeting to Discuss Bottlenecks Affecting the Condom Market in Zimbabwe that was held in Harare weeks ago. I am an MP in my constituency and I get feedback from the…

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HIV self-testing proves popular …as tailor-made service improves access

I have listened to people who are hesitant to get an HIV test, the moment they reach the health facility, they back off, for fear of the unknown. They have consoled themselves that, “It is better not to know, what you don’t know does not kill you.” Catherine Murombedzi How wrong it is, in health issues, what you don’t know has the potential to kill you. With many HIV infected males reporting at health facilities late, what they don’t know can be fatal. Thanks to HIV self-testing kits. For those…

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SADC Youth Helpline 393 Launched In Zimbabwe

IN a bid to bridge existing HIV information gaps and access to care for adolescents and young people, Youth Advocates Zimbabwe (YAZ), working with the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) and the National AIDS Council (NAC) have launched the SADC Youth Helpline to facilitate dialogue and openness between healthcare service providers and young people. By Michael Gwarisa The 393 Youth Helpline national contact center will be piloted in three districts in the SADC region namely, Francistown in Botswana, Zomba in Malawi and Zvishavane in Zimbabwe. The project also…

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Increase in people who inject drugs threatens Zim’s HIV Gains…UNAIDS calls for effective harm reduction programs

GOVERNMENT was warned that the obtaining spike in illicit drug and substance abuse incidences could trigger a new wave of new HIV infections as drug users were devising new risky means of administering drugs such as injecting drugs which at times involves the sharing of unsterilized needles and sharp objects. By Michael Gwarisa While Zimbabwe has made significant strides towards ending the AIDS epidemic, new data indicates that there has been a surge in new HIV infections especially amongst young girls and women while quite a sizable number could be…

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